Thales Provides Digital Signaling System for German Train Project
Wednesday, February 17, 2021 | Comments

Thales provided a set of digital signaling systems to a German railway project.

As a part of the initial Digital Railways Germany package, Deutsche Bahn is equipping the Stuttgart region with a digital signaling system (DSTW), a European Train Control System (ETCS) and automatic train operations (ATO).

The tender covering the implementation of modules one and two of the Digital Node Stuttgart” project until the end of 2025 was won by Thales at the end of November 2020. The contract with a value of approximately 127 million euros covers the installation of the digital signaling system, the installation of ETCS, preliminary work for the implementation of the track-side automatic operations and the implementation of a capacity and traffic management system (CTMS).

This Digital Railways Germany program will add up to 20% extra capacity to the rail network. It includes an important innovation partnership for Thales Germany with Deutsche Bahn concerning the development and co-design of new, leading-edge technologies for the rollout of the Digital Railways Germany initiative.

“The first digital node in Germany is going to be the reference point for other metropolitan regions throughout Europe for years to come,” said Oliver Dörre, CEO and country director of Thales Deutschland. “Together with Deutsche Bahn AG, DB Netz AG, DB Projekt Stuttgart-Ulm GmbH and all project participants we are pleased to help design the blueprint for future digitizing projects. We meet all the conditions to successfully implement this large project. We are very familiar with the node Stuttgart from earlier projects and now look forward to actively cooperating with our customer at the highest level of technology in the improvement of the offering for rail passengers. Our employees are, of course, highly motivated by this project and proud to be able to contribute to ‘their’ station.”

From 2025, the trains of the long distance, regional and S-Bahn traffic in the Stuttgart node will travel on a network equipped with the latest digital technology. In addition to the new main station and other stations, tracks with a scope of more than 100 kilometers are the first to be equipped with digital signaling technology, the ETCS and highly automated operations. Stuttgart is thus the origin and blueprint of digitizing the entire German rail network, scheduled to be completed almost in its entirety by 2035.

For the development of the S-Bahn, the Digital Node Stuttgart project is also an important step into the future. On the main S-Bahn route, Germany’s most modern signaling system will in the future control the shortest ever implemented block sections of only 30 meters in length. S-Bahn trains will therefore travel in closer succession than anywhere in Germany so far. This not only reduces and better eliminates delays but also allows many more trains to travel than today.

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